| ADVOCACY AWARDS
Nominate an Arts Advocate in Massachusetts! The deadline for applications is fast approaching (March 1st!). For information about the School of Excellence Award, click here. Please send the information to Arts|Learning using the "National Award" packet.
For all other A|L awards, please click here for the information. You may nominate another person or yourself! You do not have to be an Arts|Learning member to nominate or be nominated!
Awards will be presented at a gala ceremony at the MA Statehouse on May 25, 2011.
Minds in Motion II
Arts|Learning is thrilled to co-sponsor this fabulous interdisciplinary 3-credit course being held on the campus of the Walnut Hill School in Natick, MA, over 4 Saturdays this spring. Costs are
$1395 for 3 graduate credits, OR the newest option is $495 for 67.5 Professional Development Points. For more information or to register, click here.
Our Esteemed Staff: Left: John Hooker
Right: Elaine Sisler
Annual Arts Index
Americans for the Arts released its second annual National Arts Index scores recently and the findings demonstrate well that the arts follow the nation's business cycle: the 2009 Index score of 97.7 is the lowest Index score in the twelve years measured by the Index.
- The 2009 score represents a drop of 3.6 percentage points from 101.3 in 2008.
- There were 3,000 new nonprofit arts organizations created during the 2007-09 recession years but attendance at mainstream arts organizations and events continues a long-term decline.
- In 2008, 41% of nonprofit arts groups reported a deficit to the IRS, up from 36% in 2007.
Good news included the following:
- Americans are seeking more personal engagement in the arts. Personal arts creation and volunteerism is growing. The number of Americans who personally participated in an artistic activity increased 5% between 2005 and 2009, while volunteering also jumped 11.6 percent.
- The number of artists in the workforce has increased 17% from 1996 to 2009 (1.9 to 2.2 million).
- Demand for Arts Education is up. There are more college-bound seniors with 4 years of arts or music and in the past decade college arts degrees conferred annually have risen from 75,000 to 127,000.